2,000 flee Disney hotel Christmas tree fire

A 35-foot Christmas tree caught fire today in the lobby of the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 guests.

No one was injured except for a guest who complained of a strained back and another with symptoms of stress, officials said.

The sprinkler system kept the 3am. blaze in the artificial tree in check, and firefighters were able to quickly put it out, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department.

She called the fire “electrical in nature,” saying it started after employees changed some lightbulbs on the tree and turned the lights back on.

The 745-room hotel in the centre of the Disneyland Resort was at full capacity with about 2,300 guests, said Rob Doughty, the resort’s vice president of communications. They were evacuated but were back in their rooms by 7am., Sabol said.

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